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Lindsay Lohan arrest warrant issued

by Staff Writer 9/20/2010 5:10:00 PM

Actor Lindsay Lohan could be sent back to jail if judge rules she violated terms of probation

Lindsay Lohan during a court hearing in July
Lindsay Lohan during a court hearing in July. Photograph: Al Seib/AP

A warrant for the arrest of Lindsay Lohan was issued today after the actor admitted failing a drug test.

The Mean Girls star faces a hearing on Friday that will determine whether she has violated her probation and, if so, whether she will be sent back to jail.

Superior court judge Elden Fox issued the arrest warrant in Beverly Hills, but Lohan will not be taken into custody prior to the hearing, court officials said.

Last month the judge threatened her with 30 days in jail for each probation violation. He must now decide whether to send the 24-year-old actor back to jail or back into treatment.

Lohan confirmed on her Twitter page last week that she failed a court-ordered drug and alcohol screening.

"Regrettably, I did in fact fail my most recent drug test," she tweeted.

She also said: "Substance abuse is a disease, which unfortunately doesn't go away over night. I am working hard to overcome it."

Lohan spent two weeks in prison earlier this year after being jailed for 90 days for violating her probation in a 2007 drug case. She was sentenced after she missed a string of alcohol education classes she was ordered to attend. Lohan spent another 23 days undergoing rehabilitation at Ronald Reagan UCLA medical centre.

No cocaine in Paris ( for a while at least)

by Staff Writer 9/20/2010 9:22:00 AM


With a judge warning her to "treat this very seriously," Paris Hilton on Monday pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges that will allow her to avoid jail time after her arrest last month in Las Vegas on suspicion of cocaine possession.

Under the deal, Hilton will plead guilty to two misdemeanors, serve one year probation, pay a $2,000 fine and serve 200 hours of community service.

She had been charged with felony drug possession, but the charge was downgraded under the plea deal.

"You have now been sentenced to one year in Clark County Detention Center. I can assure you it's not the Waldorf Astoria," said Judge Joe Bonaventure.

Hilton, dressed in a white and black dress, admitted to the judge that she was lying when she told officers the purse where the cocaine was found didn't belong to her.

Hilton was arrested Aug. 27 with her boyfriend, Cy Waits, who was driving the black SUV stopped by police after officers said they smelled marijuana. A police lieutenant found 0.8 grams of cocaine in a purse Hilton was carrying.

Should Colleges and Universities Screen Their Students?

by Staff Writer 9/18/2010 10:04:00 AM

While 92% of employers conduct a criminal background check of potential employees, only 5% of colleges and universities perform these same background checks on prospective students. A startling fact when you consider the increase in violent criminal offenses taking place on college campuses each year. Even though two-thirds of colleges and universities ask about misdemeanor and felony convictions on their application, the majority do not validate the applicants’ responses. Therefore, a convicted felon may apply for college admission, not disclose the fact that he/she has a criminal history, and still be accepted into the university because the admission process does not conduct a criminal background check.

Take for example the University of Virginia (U of V) student George Huguely who was a seemingly model student and lacrosse athlete but brutally murdered his girlfriend Yeardley Love, a fellow student at U of V in 2009. Campus authorities were shocked to learn that Huguely had a violent past, which he never disclosed to the university. Although U of V had a policy in place that all students inform them of criminal history, they never conducted formal background checks on potential students. If U of V would have investigated Huguely’s criminal past, they would have discovered he had prior arrests, including assaulting a female police officer and his own father. In addition, Huguely had prior charges of driving under the influence and a history of reckless driving, all of which would have been easily verified through a criminal background check.

Also in April 2007, Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people at Virginia Tech before turning the gun on himself. Previously, Cho was accused of stalking two female students; he was also diagnosed as mentally ill and ordered to seek treatment, although he never followed through with it. If Virginia Tech had screened Cho before admitting him into the college, they would have found that he had severe mental problems since he was three years old, which became progressively worse through middle school and high school.

Many colleges and universities now conduct background screenings on students entering healthcare professions, but fail to require it on all other students. Is safety more important for students in the healthcare field? If university officials recognize the importance of student background checks in one area of study, why do they not conduct screenings on all students? Is there another problem student who could be prevented from causing harm to others by knowing about his/her history?

Currently some colleges and universities regularly check students’ backgrounds, while others rely on students to be up front and honest on their application. However, students who are truthful and do disclose that they have a criminal history are most likely not going to be repeat offenders. Students who are not candid about their past are the ones that parents, fellow students, and university officials should worry about. This is why background screening is so important. Should criminals be admitted to college on the honor system? Should people trust criminals to tell them that they are criminals? The answer is obviously no. Colleges and universities must implement student background checks into the admissions process in order to promote campus safety and security and is just the way!

Crazed Student Attacks Dean and Others On Campus

by Staff Writer 9/15/2010 10:08:00 AM

Jackson County prosecutors today charged a student wearing a bullet-resistant vest with slashing the throat of a dean at the Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley just 20 minutes before Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was scheduled to speak there.

Prosecutors charged Casey Brezik, of Raytown, with two counts of first-degree assault and two counts or armed criminal action in connection with the 9:35 a.m. attack on the second floor of the Humanities Building on the campus at 3210 Southwest Trafficway.
Al Dimmitt Jr., the campus dean of instruction, was taken to a hospital, where his injuries were not considered life-threatening.

MCC Chancellor Mark James suffered a nick to the chest during the attack, according to court records. James helped wrest the knife away from the attacker, witnesses said.

Kansas City police were investigating whether the attack was originally intended for Nixon because of the bullet-resistant vest and Brezik’s political views, including recent rants on his Facebook page.

About an hour before the stabbing, Brezik posted an update that said: “Pharaoh let my people go! We have but two options.” In earlier postings, he referred to himself as a radical and posted several updates challenging people to take a stand, including being willing to “lay your life on the line.”

He was also arrested in June for spitting on an officer during a protest at a G-20 summit, according to his Facebook page.

Nixon’s talk was planned for 10 a.m. It was canceled. Nixon had just arrived at the Wheeler Downtown Airport when the incident happened, a spokeswoman said.
Before the attack, the suspect had walked into a large room with multiple computer labs where the press conference was to be held “acting crazy,” one witness said. He briefly grabbed the microphone and said “Check, check, check” and “Can you hear me?” before leaving the area near the podium.

An administrative assistant at the college saw the suspect acting suspiciously, moving slowly around the computer room and playing with a butterfly knife in his left hand. Another witness said the suspect was pacing back and forth.

The assistant told Dimmitt that they should notify security. They believed the suspect overheard them and when Dimmitt left the room to call security, the suspect charged at him in a “full sprint,” police said.

The suspect caught up with Dimmitt in the hallway just outside the lab and stabbed him several times. The dean collapsed to the floor. Students and faculty rushed to his aid and applied pressure to the wound with some using paper towels. Faculty members fetched a first aid kit from a nearby room and used those supplies as well, witnesses said.

Other people in the hallway tackled the suspect and twisted his hand, forcing him to release the knife.

The suspect — dressed all in black — appeared to be under the influence of drugs, police said. Officers found marijuana in his front pocket.

Other students described him as having demonic tattoos and said he had written symbols on a wall poster before the incident began. Brezik reportedly has a tattoo on his hand of an “A” with a circle around it — an anarchist symbol.

Relatives referred to Brezik as an “anarchist” when they reported him missing to Raytown police last year.

Brezik’s Facebook page paints a portrait of an angry man. He had 26 friends and bragged in June about being the first person arrested at the G-20 Summit.

“Crossed the security fence. Ran from the cops. Was tackled. Spit on an officer. Was arrested, charged, and deported. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED,” he wrote.

Last week, Brezik posted a story about a small Florida church whose members planned to burn copies of the Quran. Then on Monday, Brezik wrote: “This is now a Holy war. Scriptures have been desecrated. War U can’t handle. Make a choice and quick.”

College officials were waiting to greet Nixon and witnessed the attack, authorities said. Police interviewed at least 15 witnesses.

Nixon had planned to discuss details of $57.6 million in funds awarded to expand high-speed broadband access in Missouri, including at seven community colleges. He is scheduled to talk more about the topic this afternoon in Springfield, Mo., and Camdenton, Mo.

A governor’s spokesman said they had “no comment” on whether the attack was aimed at Nixon.

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College Campuses across the U.S. face the daily threat of violence from the wide variety of students, faculty, and staff that fill their campuses. College Campuses are taking every measure to combat this and keep their campuses safe. One way, is to have potential students screened for their background before they are accepted by the college. Educators can learn more about a Student Screening Program here.

Background Checks: Who's Working on Your Cruise Ship?

by Staff Writer 8/14/2010 1:49:00 PM

Last week, a man who for years had been tops on a California city's Most Wanted list was arrested -- on a cruise ship. And he wasn't a passenger. As reported by the Oakland Tribune and USA Today's Cruise Log, Bulgarian Kaloyan Kaloyanov, who was wanted for a sexual assault case that took place in 2000, was working onboard Carnival Splendor as the manager of the ship's hair salon. He'd been working onboard cruise ships for several years, employed by Steiner Leisure, the company that manages the spas and salons on many cruise ships.

How did a wanted criminal get a job onboard a cruise ship? The story made us wonder just how cruise lines, and the companies that hire for them, screen candidates for onboard jobs (as well as onshore ones, as in the case of the cruise line employee who used information about cruise passengers to rob their homes while they were away). It's extremely important to travelers that the people who go into their cabins to clean while they're onshore or the counselors looking after their children in the kids' clubs do not have past histories of theft, abusive behavior or other criminal activities.

We contacted Steiner, as well as a few cruise lines, to find out about their hiring practices. Here's what we learned:

Background checks are an essential part of the hiring process. "Carnival conducts background checks for all shipboard and shoreside personnel," Carnival spokesman Tim Gallagher tells us. "Background checks on all non-U.S. shipboard personnel are conducted by agencies in the candidates' home country and a certified criminal history document for the country of origin is required." Glenn Fusfield, chief operating officer of Steiner Leisure, says that every job applicant for an onboard position is required to supply a police record and background check with official seals -- the company can tell when the documents are faked.

"If there's record of a prior arrest or a conviction, we handle that on an individual basis," says Fusfield. "In some cases, the candidate would automatically be disqualified. But it might be that they have something lingering from their past that won't interfere with their current job, or the people have moved on." He maintains that Kaloyanov had a "clean and perfect" background check from his home country when Steiner hired him.

The cruise line or hiring company is not the only organization to run background checks. "The U.S. State Department oversees the issuance of seamen's visas to foreign nationals who sail with ships into U.S. ports," says Cynthia Martinez, spokeswoman for Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Azamara Club Cruises. "Therefore the U.S. embassy in the crewmember's country of origin conducts background checks in connection with the issuance of seamen's visas." In addition, U.S. Customs and Border Protection runs checks on ships' manifests, which include all crewmembers onboard, each time a ship enters and leaves U.S. ports. Other countries have similar practices. So even if the hiring agency misses a red flag, the government is looking out for wanted persons entering the country on cruise ships.

And what if a crewmember has a clean record, but gets in trouble after being hired? Says Martinez, "Any crew dismissed from employment for Royal Caribbean for violation of our zero-tolerance policies is not eligible for re-hire with our company."

Given all these checks and screenings, it's surprising that a wanted criminal like Kaloyanov cruised undetected for years, but it also indicates that his case is highly unusual.


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